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Evora Sightseeing – Discover Evora, Portugal

Evora is a hidden gem of Portugal. Located halfway between the Spanish border and Lisbon, the city is capital of the rural Alentejo region. There are plenty of things to see and Evora monuments are some of the most popular attractions of Portugal. Even though there are many things to do and see in Evora, the city remains very quiet throughout the year and gives the feel of a country town.

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Following are the top things to see in Evora:

Evora Old Town

One of the best things to do when visiting Evora is to stroll the maze of lovely narrow streets without really going anywhere specific. Most of the Evora old town is whitewashed, however there some buildings that are painted with blue or yellow borders. Some of the Evora streetscapes are spectacular, old houses grouped closely together with Gothic arches that link one side with another. Some parts of the medieval walls of the city remain, particularly on the western side of Evora. It is also recommended that you visit the eastern side of the city, where you can explore quieter city squares like Largo das Portas de Moura as well as visit parts of Evora’s university.

Cathedral of Evora

Cathedral of Evora dominates the city’s skyline as its odd combination of three towers looms high above the city’s rooftops. The most distinctive and attractive feature of the cathedral is its central lantern tower but the entire cathedral represents the amazing Portuguese church architecture. It is also recommended that you climb the stairs in the corners and see the beautiful 14th century monasteries while you walk along the roof. You will certainly enjoy the amazing views over the city.

Templo Romano Evora

If you want to see the most complete ancient ruins on the Iberian Peninsula, then Templo Romano Evora is the place to be. The ruins of the Roman Temple date back to the first or second century AD. The story of their survival is truly unconventional. It was once a fortress, then an abattoir was built around it. Remarkably, the incorporation of it into other buildings may be what helped preserve the ruins so well. The carvings around the capitals are amazingly detailed.

Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos or the Chapel of Bones is probably the quirkiest attraction of Evora. It is decorated wall-to-wall, pillar-to-pillar with the bones of monks. Capela dos Ossos is probably the most chilling sight you will ever see, at least in Evora (Portugal). The entire space is covered with bones – a mixture of arm and leg bones, as well as skulls. According to estimates, the bones of about 5,000 people decorate Capela dos Ossos.

Almendres Cromlech

Almendres Cromlech is the best-known prehistoric monument of Portugal. Situated near the village of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, it is a truly amazing sight. It is the remains of up to three stone circles, some of which were in place more than 7,000 years ago. The stones are mostly rounded and short, some of them are decorated with ancient carvings.

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